In the interview, he claimed that on 4 January the hotel he was staying at in Sebha was attacked by gunmen and that his bodyguards engaged in a three hour gun battle with the armed assailants. He asserted that three of his bodyguards were injured and two Special Forces soldiers were killed in the shoot-out.
As such, there is a lot of talk that the incident was little more than 'hot air' drummed up by Al-Magarief. It certainly appears as though the incident was more a manifestation of the chronic instability and violence that has been blighting the town. Indeed, there were major clashes underway between the Qadhadhfah and the Awlad Suleiman tribes at the time of Al-Magarief's visit. As Zarouq explained, those who were killed in the incident were simply caught up in the arbitrary firing that has become an all too common feature of Sebha since the toppling of the former Qadhafi regime.